Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

This 12h course, accredited by NHS Health Scotland, aims to give participants the tools to help support mental health and support others in crisis.

It can be presented as two full days, four half days or six two-hour sessions and includes a 160 Page A4 colour manual, Steps for Stress Booklet and CD and a Certificate.

Why train in SMHFA?

  • Become more confident in a mental health crisis.
  • Recognise when a person may need help and appropriately approach them.
  • Save lives by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
  • Protect your own mental health and wellbeing.
  • Feel more confident in support and leadership roles.
  • Gain a recognised qualification toward your personal and professional development.

The course does not train people to be mental health workers nor is it designed as therapy. It offers basic general information about mental health problems, such as common medical terms, as well as exploring recovery. The knowledge presented, and understanding developed in the course, helps to remove stigma and to give confidence in approaching a person in distress.

Mental health first aid has been rigorously evaluated in Scotland. Participants reported a range of benefits to their own and others mental health.

What does the course cover?

  • guidance on being a Mental Health First Aider
  • attitudes to mental health issues
  • equalities
  • recovery in mental health
  • the impact of alcohol and drugs on mental health
  • introduction to suicide intervention
  • listening skills
  • understanding depression, anxiety and psycosis, and how to offer first aid to someone experiencing symptoms of these conditions

Why attend a Moray Wellbeing Hub SMHFA course?

  • Experienced trainer - over ten years of training SMHFA and bespoke mental health sessions
  • Peer facilitated course - supportive setting / authenticity in delivery / expertise by experience
  • Recovery focused - inclusive and up to date practice / over ten years of partnership working with Scottish Recovery Network

Book a place on one of our upcoming courses, contact us to request a course in your area and join our mailing list to hear about upcoming courses.

Why choose Moray Wellbeing Hub SMHFA course for your organisation?

  1. Independent and flexible - organising the 12h course around your organisation's needs
  2. Core business based on partnership working - support to fund your course / networking and leads
  3. Professional proven track record - references available from prior clients from all sectors / reliable administration

Contact us to discuss arranging a course for your organisation.

For more general information on SMHFA visit the NHS Health Scotland site.